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Doug Holyday says downtown Toronto is not the place to raise kids

A bunch of children at a TIFF Kids event – which occurs in the area Holyday said was not the place to raise children

Deputy Mayor Doug Holyday told city council and reporters that he thinks downtown Toronto is not the place to raise children, on Thursday. Sigh.

The former Etobicoke mayor these comments while arguing against forcing a condo developer to include three-bedroom, family-friendly units in a proposed 47-storey building at King St. W. and John St. According to the Toronto Starlongtime Trinity-Spadina councillor Adam Vaughan has always insisted that developers allocate 10 per cent of their buildings for three-bedroom units, if they plan to build in his ward.

While discussing these proposals, Holyday asked, “Where will these children play – on King St.?”

Though the city’s chief planner, Gregg Lintern replied by saying the area was “a neighbourhood, an emerging neighbourhood,” Holyday continued, saying, “It makes for a healthier city to have children out on a street like King St. where it’s bumper-to-bumper traffic and people galore at all times of night and day? I just think of raising my own family there. That’s not the place I’d choose.”

Drawing ire, almost instantly, from Torontonians on Twitter and beyond, Holyday has stood by his comments – for now.

Tim Hortons launches grilled Panini sandwiches

Not the new grilled Panini.

Tim Hortons has announced plans to launch a new line of grilled panini sandwiches, starting later this summer.

Starting with a test run in Saskatoon and Toronto, the sandwiches will be sold in locations across Ontario by the end of August, and across the country by the end of October. 

On the menu? Turkey chipotle, Tuscan chicken, smoked ham and cheese, and a bacon, tomato and cheese sandwich, each selling for $5.29. A grilled cheese Panini will sell for $3.99.

When asked about the restaurant’s expansion, executive chairman, interim CEO and Paul House, told the Toronto Star, “People are always looking for an alternative to a fried product.”

Tim Hortons is currently the number one quick-serve-restaurant, or QSR destination for Canadians at breakfast, and House hopes this latest menu change will help the chain do the same for lunch.

Did David Letterman spoil The Dark Knight Rises? (Spoiler Alert)

While chatting with guest Anne Hathaway on the Late Show, David Letterman might have given away the ending to the highly-anticipated The Dark Knight Rises, on Thursday night. Oops?

Known for his off-the-cuff commentary and sarcastic nature, Letterman said, “It’s not essential to watch previous installations of Batman, and I think this is it… And, in the end, Batman is dead.”

Hathaway, normally very poised, cocked her head, and said, “Dave!” laughing it off, before turning to the camera and giving a shout out to the director, Christopher Nolan. “Chris, I had no part in it, I’m sorry.” 

Nolan has gone through extreme lengths to keep the plot – and characters – of the film under wraps, and whether Letterman was making a bad joke, or giving away the ending remains to be seen. Sorry Chris, indeed.


Joanna Adams is the online and social media editor for Toronto Standard. Follow her on Twitter at‏ @nowstarringTO.

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